Professor Stephen Cook received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied composition with Dr. Samuel Douglas and piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Max Camp. Additional studies were with Edith Oppens at the Aspen School of Music and with Dr. Manuel Alvarez at the Conductors Institute, University of South Carolina. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Cook served as an assistant lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department under the direction of Stewart Gordon. From 1996-2004, he was the Director of the Pianist Program at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, a nationally recognized pre-professional arts conservatory. He serves on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, is a former Research Program Specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine, and currently holds faculty appointments with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Whittier College.
Cook is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as the Music Teachers' Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Recent activities included adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, Romania, performance and master classes in Tokyo, Japan and numerous concert appearances with Broadway-talent Susan Egan. Arranging and composition credits include sacred anthems from Abingdon Press, the East Los Angeles Classic Theater (Romeo and Juliet), numerous musicals for children and orchestral arrangements for Susan Egan engagements.